Monthly Archives: April 2012

“Nothing ever changes”… why learning is all about change.

I bumped into an old colleague this morning. After a quick chat and catch up we parted, with him shouting “nothing ever changes” as he wandered off, a statement that worried me no end. Because everything changes: learning is about … Continue reading

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Unimaginably large numbers: why we have to keep learning relevant to what we know.

Do you know how many people died in the Second World War? I was reading a book about Yuri Gagarin last night, when i read something that stopped me in my tracks. I literally had to stop reading and think … Continue reading

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Learning in museums: how collections ground us in our history.

Museums are the collective memory of society: they are the dusty attic of a nation. They are places to visit with granny on a summer holiday, a place to carry out school projects, a place to understand how things were … Continue reading

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“I hate learning”. Lessons on change and taxi driving.

The system for allocating a taxi to respond to a call relies on a seven second window. When the job comes in, the person in the office who takes the call types it into the system and hits ‘go’. The … Continue reading

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What are you proud of? Understanding how pride and motivation relate to learning and achievement.

My bike is sat in my hallway, gleaming and smelling faintly of oil. Just like new. Only it’s not new, it’s ten years old, it’s just had the service of it’s life. Dave, who carried out the service in his … Continue reading

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The power of design: looking good, feeling good.

My favourite book is a copy of the Hobbit that i won in an art competition when i was about ten. It’s a great story, self contained, elements of adventure and companionship, a dragon and treasure and, best of all, … Continue reading

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Creating engagement in online learning spaces. Relevance, timeliness and sociability.

When you’re going to a party, it’s important to time your entry right. Get there too early and you’re stood in the kitchen talking to Charlie, the only other person to have got there early because he goes everywhere early … Continue reading

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